Research grants

Börje Söderholm toimistossaan, 1960, Suomen valokuvataiteen museo.

The Finnish Museum of Photography annually awards scholarships for research on photography. The scholarships are based on The Börje and Dagmar Söderholm Fund, founded by the photographer Börje Söderholm (1922–1998) and his wife, Dagmar.

The total sum of money is 10.000 euros, and it is usually divided between researchers.

The application can be written freely, and it should include the following informations: 

  • the amount of money needed
  • the purpose of the grant (i.e. what the applicant intends to do with the grant),
  • a timetable plan 
  • what other funding the project eventually has

The application should also include a research plan and an estimation of the significance of the project. The application should be submitted as a single PDF file.

For more information, contact museum director Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, +358 41 5141991,

Call for Applications 2023 is open in March: Applications should be sent by e-mail to Please write 'Söderholm Fund' in the subject field. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday 31 March 2023 at 23:59.


Research grants 2023 

At its meeting on 3rd May 2023, the Board of the Finnish Museum of Photography Foundation has awarded two grants from the Börje and Dagmar Söderholm Fund: 

EUR 5000 to MA, BA Lumi (Hannele) Kauppinen for their doctoral thesis on the transformation of the image of animals.  

EUR 5000 to MA Aura Saarikoski for their doctoral thesis Sumuiset todet – autofiktion ilmentymiä valokuvataiteessa. 

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